Monday, April 19, 2010

Get ready to get published!

Moncton seminar will help writers become authors

Moncton (NB) March 20, 2010 - Have you ever dreamed of becoming a published author? Then plan to attend the “How to Get Published” seminar on Friday, April 23 in Moncton during the Frye Festival. The seminar will cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He teachers creative writing at Ryerson University and George Brown College and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo. But his proudest boast is that he’s helped many of his students to get their first book published and to launch their careers as authors.

As a special option, participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter they might use to interest an agent or publisher in their book.

The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and will be held at the City Grill, 2nd floor, 130 Westmorland Street.The fee is $55 for the general public, or $50 for Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) members. Participants are asked to register online for the seminar, and all Frye Festival events, through the Moncton Coliseum box office at

The seminar is sponsored by Enterprise Greater Moncton, with the collaboration of PWAC’s Moncton Chapter and the Frye Festival. PWAC’s Moncton Chapter is part of a non-profit support network that represents the interests of 600 writers in Canada’s magazine and newspaper industries. To learn more about the Moncton Chapter, its members and events visit

The Frye Festival brings the best local, national and international authors, poets, playwrights, graphic novelists, spoken word artists and storytellers to Moncton, New Brunswick for a bilingual celebration of words. This year, the festival runs April 19 to 25. Visit

Enterprise Greater Moncton is the leading community economic development agency for the cities of Dieppe, Moncton and the Town of Riverview, a point of contact for new and existing businesses. Visit

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Professional Writers Association of Canada – Moncton Chapter Presents

Professional Writers Association of Canada – Moncton Chapter Presents:
Reveille - an open-mic event to share stories, songs, poems from youth

Moncton (NB) – Question: What do you get when you ask adults to read no-holds-barred tales from their youth? Answer: Reveille - a fun-filled night that gives a forum to our early writings, as embarrassing as they may be. This evening of literary hilarity returns to the Frye Festival by popular demand on Wednesday, April 21.

Reveille is an event where members of the audience and special guests, including local celebrities and Frye Festival authors, share "works" they wrote as children and teenagers (e.g. angst-filled poetry,sorrowful diary entries, sappy songs) in an open mic format. The more cringe-worthy, the better! The event gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Press Club.

A presentation of the Professional Writers Association of Canada – Moncton Chapter, Reveille’s goal is to give voice to the childhood writer. The event will be emceed by two Chapter members: Brian Cormier, public relations specialist and newspaper columnist and Lana Hansen, communications consultant.

Anyone can participate and admission is free. Spectators should come prepared to groan, laugh and cheer.

To date, four Frye Festival authors have volunteered to step up to the microphone and read writings from their childhood: Beth Powning, Jacob Berkowitz, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Kay Stone. (Biographies follow)

For more information contact: Rayanne Brennan, VP, Professional Writers Association of Canada, Moncton Chapter at or visit

Media Contact:

Rayanne Brennan

Vice President, PWAC Moncton Chapter

(506) 961-3633

About the Authors

The following Frye Festival authors have confirmed their participation in Reveille:

Beth Powning

Beth Powning's bestselling novel The Hatbox Letters was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Award, and her memoir, Edge Seasons was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Shadow Child and Seeds of Another Summer were published in the US and Canada. Her latest novel is The Sea Captain’s Wife (Random House). She lives in New Brunswick.

Jacob Berkowitz
Jacob Berkowitz is an author and performer who loves turning science into stories. He’s written books about fossil poop and aliens. He’s working on a book about how to smell better. He lives with wife Rosemary, and kids Max and Francesca in the Ottawa-Valley town of Almonte, ON.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author most recently of the novel Perfecting (Goose Lane Editions). She also wrote The Nettle Spinner ( in Canada First Novel Award finalist) and Way Up (Danuta Gleed 3rd, ReLit finalist). She is formerly the magazine editor for She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and online through The New York Times.

Kay Stone

Kay Stone, a folklorist specializing in folk tales, has 30 years of experience as a storyteller. She has given performances and workshops in Canadian and U.S. schools, libraries, and universities; in art galleries and museums; and at storytelling festivals. Kay has written three academic books that include her original stories.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame April Newsletter



TELEPHONE 506-756-2110, E-MAIL

By: Winona McLean


Are we ready for this? It means all the Car Clubs have to get to work for the summers’ schedules.
We can’t complain about the winter weather. It was a busy winter for us here at the Hall Of Fame. We had the Conference room rented several times. Had a Valentines Dance, and on April 3rd there was a wedding and reception.
The 4-wheeler draw was March 26; this was our 5th and our most successful to date. Kellie Cromwell from Quispamsis was the winner. Thank you each and everyone for selling tickets and buying tickets.

There are many things planned for the upcoming months.

The next big thing is April 10th at 7:30pm; it’s the Basement Players Inc. putting on a comedy play “Aunt Tillie Goes To Sea”. Admission for this is Adults $10.00 and Children 12 and under $5.00. Come and bring a friend.

May 8 is our Annual Meeting at Conference room B at the Hall Of Fame. It is very important that all members attend this meeting. This is also the election of officers. If you know anyone that can be elected to the Presidents position, please be thinking about it.

On May 22 the Hartland Band has booked for a dance. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8.00 per person. They play Classic Country.

The Municipal Visitors Information Centre is to be open by June 1st. Any of the Motor Sports Clubs and Race Tracks may put their information here for the public and tourist to have access to. In order to have the Information Centre Question Mark we have to give up our small meeting room. We could also use some volunteers to help with this. We need volunteers to help with other areas. Anyone that can give us a few hours now and then please get in touch with us.

June 5th is our 5th Annual Petty AutoFest Motor Sports Exhibition, this year being held at the Maritime Motorsports Hall Of Fame. Vehicles will be displayed outside. The starting time is 9:00am. The admission charge is $5.00 per person. The Border Town Band is playing in the afternoon again this year. There is an added attraction this year, a Pig Roast. The pork will be served on a bun starting at 11:00am. The proceeds go to the Petitcodiac & District Figure Skating Club. All Motor Sport Vehicles are welcome. Bring your friends and vote for the Vehicle that you like the best; a plaque will be given to the one with the most votes in each division. A live auction is also planned. The winning ticket for the toolbox will be drawn as well.

November 6 is our 5th Annual Induction Ceremony being held at the New Brunswick Casino at Magnetic Hill. The ticket price is $80.00 per person. A block of room has been set-aside for anyone wishing to register at that Hotel. Rooms are $149.00 plus tax. These rooms need to be booked by October 6 for this rate. Inductees will be announced in September. Derek Oland, Executive Chairman for Moosehead Breweries Limited is scheduled to be Guest Speaker.

MEMBERSHIP notices were sent out in the December newsletter, thank you to the people that have already replied. However, there are still some that have not renewed at this time. Your support is very much needed to keep the building functioning.

They are starting to take out some vehicles and will bring in others. There have been a number of people through touring the Museum. We are looking forward to the summer. The picnic tables are already built, ready to be installed. Looking forward to having the landscaping done.

If any of you have any fund raising ideas PLEASE pass them on to us, and oh yes, help us make them work. We do need your help with your Maritime Motorsports Hall Of Fame.

If any one has knowledge of past involvement in motorsports, such as drivers and tracks, owners of tracks, wearing apparel, pictures and programs or anything else that we may use, please contact us. These are all things we need to present the history of Motor Sports.

Items that we still need: Projector screen to be mounted on the wall, a flip chart, mannequins, racks for information centre, another computer, printer, stands to display info at displays, scanner to do large articles and filing cabinets.

Have a great summer and you all come to visit the Hall Of Fame, tell your friends. Your support is very much needed.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Notes From A Small Place

Just a reminder to anyone planning on attending the Dinner for Laubach Literacy, please purchase your tickets in advance so the cooks know how much to prepare.

Hope to see you there.

Grace Morris

The Greenwood Lodge
Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick
in support of
Laubach Literacy New Brunswick
is pleased to present

Mill Write: Notes From A Small Place
An evening of dinner, music and stories

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Guest speakers:

Lee Thompson

Peter Sawyer
Doug Underhill
David Weale

Following the guest speakers, there will be an open mic segment for members of the audience.
We ask that each presentation be no more that 5 minutes in duration.
Presenter’s name must be added to MC’s list.
Participants may make more than one submission.


Doors open at 4:00pm
Dinner served from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Music by Voni Mann and Roy Gould
6:00pm: Lee Thompson, Peter Sawyer, Doug Underhill
Break: 6:30
6:45: David Weale followed by an open mic.
More open mic if there is interest

Donations to:

Laubach Literacy New Brunswick appreciated.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Artists Workshops Available

Michael Chesley Johnson is an oil and pastel painter working in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He also specialises in teaching small-size plein air workshops in oil and pastel. Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America.

Michael is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Through a Painter's Brush: A Year on Campobello Island. He writes regularly for The Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine. Michael lives and paints on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Sedona, Arizona. He has a studio gallery on Campobello Island, Friar's Bay Studio Gallery, and is represented in the Southwest by Windrush Gallery


27 March 2010 From Sedona, Arizona

Sad to say, but our last Paint Sedona students departed this weekend. It was a great winter with everyone turning out some really good work. Trina and I enjoyed making new friends and renewing ties with old ones.

But now it's time to move on. Once we close up the house, we will head up to Utah for two weeks to teach a workshop, and then on to more workshops in Illinois, Indiana and Vermont. We expect to reach Campobello Island around mid-May. We'll follow spring the whole way east, and by the time we reach Campobello, we'll need to mow the lawn for the first time. As much as I enjoyed painting the high desert, I can't wait to get back to the ocean again!

By the way, I'll be delivering some more work to my gallery in Sedona, Windrush Gallery before I leave. I'll post the images of the inventory on my website so you can see them, and if you are interested in purchasing them, you can contact the gallery directly: 800-323-0115 or John and Linda will be happy to send you images, too.

I still have room in my summer Campobello Island workshops, but things are starting to heat up. Maybe it's the improved economy, but students are signing up early, so I urge you to not delay. Please go to my workshop page to learn more about Campobello and other upcoming workshops. For Campobello, if you bring a friend, I'll give you $50 off the $300 tuition fee. Following this letter is a complete list of my 2010 workshops.

Finally, don't forget that I have several publications out now. Two books, two DVDS, a portfolio and a calendar. You can find out more about these at my website at

Michael Chesley Johnson MPAC PSA

Prepare for Plein Air: Not sure how to go about painting outside? Check out my online course! Great for beginners. Visit

2010 Workshops

April 29-May 1: ILLINOIS, Springfield - Pastel only. Join Michael for a three-day outdoor painting workshop in Abe Lincoln's hometown with the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society. Scenery includes the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Price: $250 IPPS members, $300 non-members. Contact: George King, 217-483-9030, FULL - Waiting List

May 3-5: INDIANA, Valparaiso - Oil & Pastel. Join Michael for a three-day workshop at The Art Barn School of Art. Price: $275, includes lunch. Contact:, 219-462-9009,

May 8-9: VERMONT, Montpelier - Pastel only. Sponsored by the Vermont Pastel Society. Price: $150. Contact: Michael Chesley Johnson, 575-267-2450,

June 23-25: Saint John, New Brunswick Oil & Pastel. Sponsored by the Saint John Arts Centre. Price: CA$180. Contact: Saint John Arts Centre, 506- 633-4870,,

June-mid-September: CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, New Brunswick, Canada - All media. Weeklong, half-day plein air workshops for all levels (students need some prior painting experience.) Paint half the day, explore the island the rest! $300/week. (Deal! Bring a friend, and get $50 off your tuition.) Contact: Michael Chesley Johnson, 575-267-2450, See website for full list of weeks available -

August 9-13: NEW BRUNSWICK, St Andrews - Oil & Pastel. Sponsored by Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre. Price: TBA. Contact: Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre,, 506-529-3386,

September 22-25: NEW HAMPSHIRE, Goffstown - Oil or pastel. NOTE: This is a Wednesday-Saturday, 4-day workshop. Price: $290 members. Contact: New Hampshire Plein Air, Sharon Allen at

September 27-October 1: MAINE, Acadia National Park. Oil or pastel. Michael's sixth year teaching in Acadia for the Acadia Workshop Center! Price: $550. Contact: Gail Ribas, 207-460-4119,

October 18--20: TEXAS, Waxahachie. Oil only. Join Michael for three days of autumn in northern Texas. Price: $225 ECAA members, $275 non-members. Includes lunch.. Contact: Ellis County Art Association, 972-937-3414,,

November 29-December 3: TEXAS, New Braunfels. Oil or pastel. Join Michael for a week of painting in beautiful Texas "Hill Country." Price: $345. Contact: Mary McIntosh,, 830-625-0132

Upcoming Writers Workshop

Celebrate Spring...Get Creative.

Have you tried journaling, but don't know what to write? Or maybe you've been journaling, but want to breathe new life into your entries ... Then this workshop's for you!

You don’t want to miss the Nature of Journaling workshop to be held at the beautiful Governor's Mansion on the Miramichi River.

Nature of Journaling,
Miramichi, NB

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010

Deadline for Registration: April 10



Maybe you’re aching for a spa day for your beleaguered writing soul. In the relaxed and tranquil setting of An Artist’s Garden on the Bay of Fundy, you'll learn to let go and let the words flow.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just getting started, Write from the Soul is a day of spontaneous creativity that you’ll always remember.

Write from the Soul,
New Horton, NB
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Deadline for Registration: April 17


But Wait! That’s not all…there are more workshops coming…

June 19, 2010 Nature of Story, Florentine Manor, Harvey, Albert Co., NB
July 10, 2010 Write in Nature, Hearst Lodge, St. Martins, NB

For more information on any of these workshops, or to register, visit:

Experience the power of place while exploring your creativity.

Deborah Carr
Writing Coach